"Scared Straight" as written by and John Roderick....
Washington's on the one
I'm in the middle of speaking
And you're under the gun
Seething, leave it to the lone nut
It's unappealing in someone so young
Plaintive, you're feeling so washed up
And you mean it when you say you're done
Five lanes of freeway
But it's all gone dark
You called to say you're gonna run
Well,Can you wait?
Can you stand it?
Are you brave or are you scared straight?
She didn't want you to:
Speak right, be strong, act nice, take so long
Call time, seem tired, leave mad, get so wired
Maybe you belong to someone
Maybe you have finally met them
Maybe smoke belongs in the sky
Maybe I hate it when you cry
You were hurt so you got hard
You were cursed and scolded and scared
You were searched for, then ignored
You want to burn the liars?
You'll set us both on fire
You're faking, so I'm pretend sleeping
Waiting for this to be fun
It's true little miss mean mini-bar guard
We're gonna have to try something new
Let me breath fire down on you


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"Scared Straight" as written by John Roderick

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    General Commentthis song is so catchy.
    let me breathe fire down on you <3
    schwinnon April 28, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthaha, this is a catchy song, not too sure of the meaning, but wicked nonetheless
    mulmoon May 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commentlistened to the hell out of this last summer
    perfidiaon March 08, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Let me breathe. . . fire down on you" is the greatest "plot twist" in a song ever.
    GMMon July 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree, this is an amazingly catchy and meaningful song. i think it's him singing to a woman who has found someone to love (him) but is choosing to be "scared straight" as he calls it - detached and a little repressed because she's afraid of being hurt again. he's trying to convince her that she has something to live for, and he is waiting for her to realize that. the line that first really caught my attention to this meaning was "you were hurt, so you got hard" - really poignant and one of the best parts of the song.
    hanumansaanon November 16, 2008   Link
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    General Commentand by "breathe fire down on you" i think he's referring to open, unbridled passion and love. he's going to breathe fire down on her and bring her to life.
    hanumansaanon November 16, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI do not pretend to have any special insights into this song... but it bothers me that only a few of us have taken the time to attempt a full interpretation. I'll try:

    Let's start with the phrase: "Are you brave or are you scared straight?" This seems to be about lifestyles. It seems to me that the man is somehow on the periphery of societal norms. Probably something like a hippie or a musician definitely not the "straight" lifestyle of an 9-5 job in the city.

    This song is written after their most recent fight in which she stormed out and left him. She has called him from somewhere outside Washington D.C. to hash it out over the phone. "Washington's on the one" = Highway 1 which runs right through Washington DC.

    So, she calls him to say that she's done. It's over. "You called to say you're gonna run"

    His response is to ask her if she's sure. "Can you wait?" "Can you stand it" He's basically saying are you being brave and taking your destiny in your own hands? Or are you so tortured by this alternate lifestyle that you are scared into being a normal square?

    The line "Maybe smoke belongs in the sky" seems to reference his alternative lifestyle involving weed. That might be me making things up... but it makes sense to me.

    The whole point of the song is him trying to convince her that she has something good with him but in doing he seems to convince himself that "something has to change".

    What do you think? Am I far off?

    (Yes, I understand that I'm about 13 years late to this conversation.)
    wasmuthkon January 24, 2016   Link

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